Dalia Abbas, Tennessee State University, dahliaabbas@yahoo.com (Presenter)


The logging sector has been heavily impacted by the economic downturn through the decline in wood-based industries such as the wood-frame housing, pulp and paper and furniture industries. In response to declining wood-based industries and to simultaneously provide alternatives to fossil fuel energy sources, recent policies, such as the 2007 US Energy Security and Independence Act, have advocated the growth of bioenergy production from biomass. However, in order to develop a forest-based bioenergy industry a healthy forest operations industry that supports feedstock supply is needed. This presentation explains efforts made to assess existing logging capacity to identify harvesting, forwarding and processing equipment and systems. It explains the operational conditions for timber and biomass harvested from natural forest stands nationwide.